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Let's Meetup Tours

Let's Meetup Tours
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Let's Meet up Tours organize all guided small and big group walking tours,city tours, food tour,shopping tours and temple tours in Kolkata we will not let you feel lost in this huge city as you - have a friendly local guide take you on a Kolkata tour, all our experts are highly educated and speak good English, be assured that these real local people have in depth knowledge of places where they are living. We will be happy to Customize /include exactly what you want in the tour.Whether or not we plan a trip for you, we are always happy to provide you simplified travel information. You may feel free to call us for any help in the city during your stay, we are available 24x7.
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

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ps_sabella
Stockholm, Sweden3 contributions
Dec 2020 • Business
We had booked two tours from Let’s Meetup.We enjoyed the Heritage walking tour,the guide was very friendly & gave us a lot of information.If you have some free time and want to learn more interesting things about Kolkata you, should book this tour,the second tour was the evening walking tour at Park Street on Christmas Eve , we saw the beautiful decoration and beautiful lights. We highly recommend this company considering some of the limitations due to COVID-19. Overall , great tour and great staff.
Written December 29, 2020
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Robert Huge
1 contribution
Oct 2019
Let’s Meet Up Tours arranged a best tour for me and my wife in Malaysia as it was arranged beautifully.First we saw the beautiful Batu Caves, then a large Batik Factory where we learnt the designs on silk & cotton are made. My one of the favourite tour of the world’s largest Pewter Factory.It was very well organised and the team assisted me by answering all my queries during the the time of booking.
The trip was well organised and guide was very friendly, we could ask many questions about Malaysia just on the drive back. It was very comfortable and also very good value trip.I would highly recommend this company for international trips.
Written January 31, 2020
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golfy69
Singapore, Singapore94 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Myself and my 88yo father enjoyed a fantastic education, history and walk around the BBD area. Ended with a ferry ride to Howrah and experienced the “stampede” of people wanting to board the ferry to Kolkata! Incredible India.

Indu was our guide and was a great and friendly host and very knowledgeable.
Written January 27, 2020
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Michel C
32 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I hier a Tempo Traveler for few days in Kolkata during Durga Puja. I was completly satisfied with the services of this Agency. The very friendly driver was very careful, véhicule clean and in very good condition. Do not hésitante to rent here.
Written January 6, 2020
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CrazyTan
Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium1 contribution
Jun 2013 • Solo
From Mumbai my next trip was to Kolkata, and being a solo female traveller I really needed a female tourist guide. I came across an article about lady guides on DNA newspaper, dated June 9th 2013. Which talked about women’s safety issue in india, and how few women guides are taking the lead to help foreign tourists especially female tourists to take them around the city.

I read about Indu and her tours and instantly mailed Let’s meet up tours to hire a female guide for me. Indu was very prompt to reply to my query. I worked out a schedule with her to find out what to see and they price is accordingly.

We found the charges to be competitive moreover we were really grateful to have our tour guide Indu with us - she is a fountain of knowledge! She is spontaneous, knowledgeable, welcoming, and flexible. So any female travellers coming to Kolkata can certainly contact Indu or her team for a comfortable tour. They really focuses on safety, I was impressed.
Written June 24, 2013
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Srabani
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
We booked this tour to have a flavour of the “bonedi bari Durga pujas” - these are the pujas which have been held for more than 100yrs in the traditional fashion in the once aristocratic families of Bengal.
A very good initiative but an utterly disappointing experience to say the least.
The experience of seeing the different family pujas was nice BUT....
1) The tour guides were ill prepared young volunteers (non Bengalis and hence not conversant with many Bengali traditions) with poor command on English and Bengali languages and completely misinformed and having no clue to the history of these families or the heritages.
2) Moreover they were giving wrong information at every stage and had to be corrected.
3) The whole event was disorganised and the focus of highlight was on the lunch with “cultural programme” which was unnecessary.
The organisers could have put some effort in researching a bit more before embarking on such an event.
There are many other operators who are conducting similar ones and if they want to stay afloat just trying to sell a product by superficial gimmick will not work.
Please provide volunteers who know what they are talking and can speak atleast decently in one language.
Bonedi bari trip is highly recommended but NOT WITH LETS MEET UP TOURS COMPANY
Written October 18, 2018
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crazyspaniel
Oxfordshire, UK170 contributions
Jan 2013 • Solo
I booked two tours with Let's Meet Up Tours - it was my first visit to Kolkata and my first time travelling on my own in India, so the idea of a having a female guide was appealing. Indu put a huge amount of work into planning the tours, tailoring them to my own specific interest and bringing the histories of the sites we visited to life. Consequently, the tours were a very personalised experience and a wonderful way for me to gain an insight into the city and its rich history and culture. It was also a great experience spending time with Indu and talking to her about the city and about India generally. Highly recommended.
Written January 23, 2013
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Sunando Mukhopadhyay
Dubai, United Arab Emirates600 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
If you are in Kolkata during Durga Puja, please keep one of these days (morning) free to allow Let's Meetup Tours to take you on a memorable trip of the traditional Pujas of the affluent families of the city, called Bonedi Bari Puja.

So for all those who thought that Durga Puja is all show business for oneupmanship, glamour and glitz, more of a carnival for merry making than the ritualistic worship, it's time to think again. Whilst what you see in the pandals outside is "sarvajanik" (for everyone) in nature, there's the original, traditional Durga Puja at play in several family houses, rich in cultural and religious attributes, more private in nature. These are the rituals of the affluent families of Bengal, some dating back more than two centuries.

The traditional household Pujas of Kolkata are also known as Bonedi Barir Puja in Bengali. The Bonedi Bari Durga Puja in Kolkata is not just a remembrance of the past; it is an emotion for the family members. The term "Bonedi" is said to be derived from the Urdu word "Buniyaadi", which when translated roughly means foundational. Rich In heritage and customs, these Pujas are performed in the household temples inside what you could still call mansions, they are mostly concentrated in North Kolkata, which is the older part of the metropolis. Each one has it's own story of a glorious past and a tale of transition to the modern times, but having retained the essential values and traditions. At the Shobhabazar Rajbari you are greeted outside the gate by a trader of Itr (essence), and apparently, this is going on for centuries. At the "Thanthania" Dutta Bari, Durga isn't worshipped the way we are used to seeing, but she is held in Shiva's lap. At Rani Rashmoni's house, the faces of the idols are not made from a mould, but hand crafted by the artisans, and so on. The total expenditure on the Durga Puja of the Chunder family in 1902 was Rs. 1,793/- only, can you believe that? That included a payment of Rs. 236 to Jan Byjee (a nautch girl) and Rs. 315 for a Jatra (folk play).

The emotions associated with these Pujas are that of pride, affluence, privacy, traditions, cultural heritage, inheritance and safekeeping of history, unlike the pompous public pujas that are commercial in nature, competing with one another for recognition and prizes, and have the flexibility of changing themes according to what's trending currently. The Bonedi Bari Pujas are static thematically, and perhaps frozen in time.

Let's Meetup Tours did a splendid job of the coverage of the few Pujas by virtually taking us to each doorstep and being guided by Mr. Sujit Chattopadhyay, a historian and author in his own right, the tour was a richly informative and enlightening experience. I highly recommend this one. You finish with a sumptuous lunch at the Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, one of my favourites in respect of their stay and food both, and it leaves you on a high.
Written November 15, 2019
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Rapti B
Ahmedabad, India7 contributions
The Lets Meetup Tour was recommended by a well-wisher who had joined one of the trips last year. This made me, a Bengali who lives outside West Bengal, decide to join their trip and understand more about my culture. I spent half the day (and more) on this trip and returned disillusioned and non-informed.
* The main reason for choosing a Bonedibari Pujo trip was to learn about the history and traditions that have been carried forward by these households for over 100 years. However, our guide was unable to provide us with information beyond the few lines printed in the pamphlet provided. The little information that he did give, was wrong. On a guided tour, the least one can expect is adequate information about the places one is visiting.
* The attitude of these young guides left much to be desired. Any question sent their way was answered with a "check Google or Wikipedia". Our group of senior citizens was addressed as "guys".
* There was no check on the time limit and lack of coordination among the three youths guiding us caused massive confusion and chaos, with people being left behind.
* The breakfast served on board the bus was supposedly from a reputed hotel. However, the dal kachori had gone stone cold by the time we were served the food.
* The food packets were left in the bus till the end of the trip. This meant, each time we boarded the bus, we were met with the stench of rotting food and the sight of discarded food boxes.
For the amount of money that the organisers take and the advertising done by them, one would expect a stellar job. But the Lets Meetup Group's Bonedibari Pujo trip was a huge let down.
Book at your own risk.

Written October 21, 2018
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Dear Sir/ Madam, Thank you for your feedback. We really appreciate the endeavour which you have undertaken in finding some time to write to us the list of complications that your good self had undergone while taking a ‘Bonedi Barir’ tour with us. Please note that we have been conducting this tour for a long time now. We have been able to give our customers utmost satisfaction and invaluable knowledge on this tour in the past and several of our customers have appreciated and applauded us profusely which have enabled us to carry this on and conduct it everytime with a much larger base. Also, several of our customers have repeated the tour with us along with referring this to their family and friends. However, due to increased demand and much larger customer base, this time we had to outsource some of the groups to other companies who have conducted it with our supervision and guidance. It is very unfortunate that one of them, who have been assigned your group, did not do their homework properly and had to rely on part-time volunteers. However, this is not an excuse and it is also very disappointing to us, as we have been very meticulous in our work all the time and have been receiving good reviews always. We are extremely thankful to your good self that you have brought this to our notice. We value your feedback and take this on a positive note. We can assure you that this kind of lacuna will not be repeated in future as we will be very stern while choosing our business associates from now on. Kindly give us another chance to serve you in future. We reiterate that you will not be disappointed. Thanking you once again, Yours faithfully, Let’s meet up Tours
Written October 22, 2018
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Saloni N
Playa del Carmen, Mexico61 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
When I arrived in Kolkata, I pored over the travel sites looking for day tours of Kolkata. Only Let’s Meetup Tours answered the phone. They organized an interesting and informative day tour of Kolkata for me. I then asked them to fix me up with a tour through the Sundarban mangrove forest and wildlife preserve. Again they delivered a very good experience with a partner tour operator.

They are arranging for a driver and car to take me to see the Taj Mahal from New Delhi in a couple of days.

This is a small but very helpful tour organizer. I want to thank Nick for all his help and organizational skills, Rahul for being a very knowledgeable guide for my day tour of Kolkata, and Indu for starting the business.

I took the two night, three day tour of Sundarban. The resort was in a rural area but offered comfortable rooms and even WiFi. The dinner at the resort was adequate. The boat offered Indian breakfast and excellent lunch, which included fresh fish and plenty of veg options, all freshly prepared below deck, coffee, tea, drinking water.

The staff were eager to please. Please tip them at the end of your stay. Everything helps and if you’re reading this, you have more than they ever will.

The Sundarban tour guide, Arun knew the area well and explained about the local flora and fauna, as well as about the cultural practices of the inhabitants.

Tip: bring binoculars to properly enjoy the different species of birds you’ll see, and other animals. We saw many deer and boar, some jungle fowl, and a huge crocodile. It’s fun just being on the boat, enjoying the scenery and fresh air.

The cultural program both nights was a real standout. The first night, it was a concert by local musicians who sand in Bengali, Hindi and English, and the second night local actors performed a play about Banbibi, the goddess of the Sundarban. There was live music accompaniment. Remember to tip the performers too... they really deserve it, a you will see.

Although I went on my own, I found good company on the boat to talk to.

Two very good experiences arranged for me by Let’s Meetup Tours. Highly recommended.
Written March 20, 2018
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